from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A reestablishing of cordial relations, as between two countries.
  • n. The state of reconciliation or of cordial relations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The reestablishment of cordial relations, particularly between two countries; a reconciliation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Act or fact of coming or being drawn near or together; establishment or state of cordial relations.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A coming or bringing together or into accord; establishment of harmonious relations; reconciliation.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the reestablishing of cordial relations


French, from rapprocher, to bring together : re-, re- + approcher, to approach (from Old French aprochier; see approach).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from French rapprochement. (Wiktionary)


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